Prahlad Singh Shekhawat


Director of an NGO, Writer, Freelance Journalist                            

407 Vinayak Apartment, Chomu House Circle, C-Scheme, Jaipur, India 302001.

 Mobile +91 9829184468, prahlad1380@gmail.com

 Director: Alternative Development and Research Centre, Jaipur, India.www.altdev.org

 Contributions and Achievements

 M.A. Development Studies in International Development, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, affiliated to the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1985

Certificate in Creative Writing, Exeter College, University of Oxford

Certified course on Power of Ecological Communities at the Schumacher College, UK, 2005?

 Certificate in Eco-village Design Education, mandated by the United Nations, Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand,2008.

 Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur in India, January1987 to September 1988, where as head of a research group, carried out evaluation of rural development programmes like employment, drought and famine relief, drinking water supply and women’s development. Visited 200 villages in nearly all districts of Rajasthan for this purpose

 Teacher of Transcendental Meditation. Trained at the Shankaracharya Academy, Rishikesh, June, 1972.

 Research Associate, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands 1982 to 1985 Approximately

 Author of books:

 1 Aspects of Human Development and Culture, University Book House, Jaipur in India,2005

 2 Human Development, Well-being and Globalization: Rawat Publishers Jaipur in India, 2010

 3 Cooperative Dairy Development in India, University Book House, Jaipur in India,2005

4 Literature and Freedom from Independent Media Foundation India 2015, to be republished in an expanded form by Penguin International in UK

Poetry Books:

Being, Becoming , Belonging; A book of poetry, Writers Workshop,   Kolkata, 2012                                         

2 Wondering and Wandering: Poems From Dharamshala published by Partridge of Penguin India

3 Some poems included in An Anthology if Indian Poetry in English published by Spring Brook in Canada

 The book Aspects of Human Development and Culture was launched by the Vice President of India Shri Bhairon Singh ji

 The second book on Human Development, Well-being and Globalization, has an appreciative foreword  by Professor V S Vyas, Padma Bhushan and Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of India . The book has also been acquired by the Stanford University Library and by the National Library in Australia

 Books to be published:

1 New Pathways for Human Progress, accepted by the Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK

2Alternative Development and Social Progress in India likely to be published by the Oxford University Press in India

 Published articles in edited books. The latest one being on Buddhism and Principles and Practice in Organizations (written jointly with Margot Borden; an American psychotherapist and a scholar), in the book:Spirituality and Business Management, published by Springer, The Netherlands, 2009.

Founder member, Peoples Union for Civil Liberties, India and Rajasthan Province and in India 

Founder and Chairperson of the Independent Media Foundation India with head office in Delhi and branch office in Jaipur. 

 Was registered as PhD scholar in the subject of Philosophy of Social Change with Professor Daya Krishna at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 1987.

 Lectured on Indian Poor Children and Importance of Voluntary Work at the Kansai Gadai University Osaka, Japan, 2011,  

 Lectured on the Indian Environmental Movement at the Green Academy, Graz Austria 2012.

 Completed two weeks residential course in Mindfulness, organized by Bangkor University Wales, in Northern Ireland, July, 2013.

 Article on Rethinking Development and Well-being and Search for New Indicators, article included in M.A. Syllabus, Trent University, Canada, 2012 on wards

Article on Philosophy and Development Theory included in the MA syllabus at the Department of Philosophy, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

 Was Columnist for the Hindustan Times Jaipur ad for the Pioneer in Delhi. Contributed articles to leading Indian dailies and magazines like Times of India, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Asian Age, The Statesman, Deccan Chronicle, The Tribune, Tehelka Magazine.

 Also contributed to academic journals like Seminar, Biblio, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, and New Quest, as well as to foreign publications like Resurgence magazine UK, Peace Magazine USA, Policy Innovations; a journal of the Carnegie Council USA, Seeds of Peace; the journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism, Bangkok and Journal of Engaged Buddhist Network Online.

Lectured in Europe and Japan. The lecture in Europe was on the Environment Movement in India and in Japan on Poor Children and the Value of Voluntary Work

Delivered 4 lectures at the Advance Center of Philosophy, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur



Graduation Creative Writing Course, Exeter College, University of Oxford, 2005

Speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2014

Conferences, Workshops and Papers Presented

 Presented a paper on Culture of Sati in Rajasthan at the National Seminar on Widow and Destitute Women in India, Delhi, 1988. Also published the same in Manushi: A magazine for Women and Society in India, September-December, 1987.

 Participated in the meeting to discuss the World Resources Institute Report, Washington January,1999.

 Chairperson of a session at the International Development Ethics Association Conference, Chennai September 2000 as also  chairperson at the conference on Happiness and Public Policy in Bangkok

 Presented a paper on Western and Non-Western Approached to Ethics and Development in Aberdeen, Scotland, April, 2001.

 Invited on the panel of the International Development Ethics Association at the International Philosophy Congress in Boston in January,1989.

 Presented a paper on Redefining Development and Social Progress at the Gross National Happiness Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, January, 2008.

 Participated in the Gross National Happiness Conference in Nova Scotia, Canada, 2006 and at Thimpu in Bhutan 

 Participated at the Sydney Writers Festival, January, 2009

 Participated in the Gross National Happiness Conference in Nova Scotia, Canada, 2006 and at Thimpu in Bhutan 2009?

 Presented a paper on Buddhism and Psychotherapy at the Dialogical Self Conference, Queens College, University of Cambridge, 2009

 Participated in the conference on Happiness and its Causes, Sydney, 2009.

 Participated in the workshop on Positive Psychology given by Professor Martin Seligman, Sydney, January, 2009.

 keynote Speaker, National Seminar on Social Justice, Department of Political Science, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, September 2010

 Main Speaker on Children’s Rights, December 2010 and on Public Morality, March 2011 at the Law Academy, Jaipur

 Keynote Speaker, National Seminar on Elections, Development and Reform, Rajasthan College, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, March 2011

 Participated in the national conference on Buddhism in India at Srinagar, Kashmir in India, 2011

 Participated in the Mind and Life Symposium in Berlin July, 20013

 A Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Positivism: Path to Success and Happiness, Amity University Jaipur, August, 2011.

 Lead a workshop on Life and Work Balance at Disha, a non profit Institute for mentally challenged children and for training of teachers for mentally challenged children, in Jaipur, March, 2012.

 Spoke on Psychology and Mental Health and Culture at Amity University, Jaipur, April, 2012.

 Speaker at the Common Ground Cafe on India, Tibet and Change; Common Ground at Dharamshala in India 2012.

 Speaker on Buddhism and Human Development Today at the national seminar on Buddhism for Contemporary Times at the Department of History, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur,2012

 Speaker at the Indian Philosophical Congress (Founded by President of India S.Radhakrishnan and the Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore), at Madurai in India, December, 2013.

 Speaker at the Round Table to commemorate Professor Daya Krishna’s contribution to Indian Philosophy, Indian Philosophy Congress, Madurai, December, 2013.

Presented a paper on Hinduism and Authentic Happiness at the Asian Philosophy Conference in Delhi 2012

Voluntary Work, Research and Travel

 Volunteered and researched at eco-villages; Auroville in India, Navdanya in India, Crystal Waters in Australia, Findhorn in Scotland, Wongsanit Ashram in Thailand, Wilderness in Canada. Worked as voluntary head at the Alternative Development and Research Center Jaipur over an extended period since 2004 to the present

Did voluntary work at; Mission of Charities Calcutta, where met Mother Teresa, Voluntary Director Alternative Development Centre Jaipur working without salary or emoluments, Soft Power NGO in Ninja Uganda, NGO in Kisumu Kenya, Over a period of time from 1995 to the present. 

 Traveled widely in many parts of the world. Traveled overland from Europe to India from the western route i.e. from Netherlands through Europe to Turkey, Iran, and to Afghanistan. From the Eastern route Europe-India, from Moscow to Beijing on the Trans Siberian train and then to Vietnam, Thailand, Burma. Except flew from Vietnam to Thailand and Afghanistan to India due to visa problem for Pakistan:From 1974 to 2009


In his book Human Development, Well-being and Globalisation “Mr Shekhawat has taken up social and cultural aspects of development generally relegated to the background. His grasp of conceptual and historical factors is quite evident. I do hope the analysis he has attempted and the suggestions he has offered will be taken seriously by scholars and practitioners of social and economic change”

Professor V S Vyas, Padma Bhushan, Former Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister


Dear Prahlad ji,
“I do receive and read your occasional mailings with great interest and fascination. I do not usually respond to them because I am often in agreement with you and I do not want to send you empty letters of congratulations. But I do want to say that I always find that your writings have something to say and I have always appreciated your efforts. I am thankful to you for sending them to me and wish you all the best in your battles.
In fellowship”

Ashis Nandy, Political psychologist and social theorist, rated as India’s and Asia’s top three public intellectuals, awarded Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007. In 2008 he appeared on the list of  the world’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll of the Foreign Policy magazine


“Dear Prahlad,

As you know my support is always there. We will find time in the spaces between my other commitments for the good work you are doing.

Warm wishes”
Aruna Roy, winner of Magsaysay Award (the Asian Nobel Prize) and  former advisor to the earlier United Progressive Alliance Government in India


“I just wanted to thank you once again Prahlad, for the wonderful experience that you provided for the young people (mostly ex-drug addicts, school drop outs and from broken homes) that I bought in 2007. Most of them have made dramatic changes to their lives due to their volunteering experience with ADC (Alternative Development Center which was its earlier name). It was an amazing learning curve for many of them.” 

Tonia Wilson, Inclusive Youth Manager UK.


Winner of the STAR OF ASIA AWARD along with Certificate of  Excellence by the International Business Council, for my achievements in Written and Social Work. The International Business Council is a non profit organisation and promotes social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility